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Pregnancy: Your Third Trimester Changes

As the baby grows, your body changes, too. You may also see signs that your body is getting ready for labor. Be patient. Within a few more weeks, your baby will be born.

How you are changing

Your body is preparing for the birth of your baby. Some of the most common changes are listed below. If you have any questions or concerns, ask your healthcare provider:

  • You’ll gain more weight from fluids, extra blood, and fat deposits.

  • Your breasts will grow as your body gets ready to feed the baby. They may be more tender. You may also notice a slight yellow or white discharge from the nipples.

  • Discharge from your vagina may increase. This is normal.

  • You might see some skin color changes on your forehead, cheeks, or nose. Most of these will go away after you deliver.

How your baby is growing

Month 7

Your baby can open and close their eyes and weighs around 4 pounds (1.8 kg). If born prematurely (too early), your baby would likely survive with special care.

Side view of female body showing reproductive system and 7 month fetus.

Month 8

Your baby is building up body fat and weighs around 6 pounds (2.7 kg).

Side view of female body showing reproductive system and 8 month fetus.

Month 9

Your baby weighs nearly 7 pounds (3.2 kg) and is about 19 to 21 inches long. In other words, any day now...

Side view of female body showing reproductive system and 8 month fetus.

Online Medical Reviewer: Donna Freeborn PhD CNM FNP
Online Medical Reviewer: Heather Trevino
Online Medical Reviewer: Irina Burd MD PhD
Date Last Reviewed: 9/1/2021
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